FedEx Freight and FedEx National LTL are going to "consolidate" operations, and 1,700 people will be let go. At Express, the Heartland District will be dissolved, but nobody will be laid-off. That's the word in the media today. Swell. What this really means is that this should be a wake-up call for Freight and LTL drivers to go union. I don't know how the 1,700 number breaks-down, but I do know that hours-cutting and other FedEx numbers shaving games have been the norm for awhile. Perhaps the cuts will be mainly in the management and clerical ranks...I don't know.The honeymoon is over folks, and now you're getting a taste of how Fred Smith conducts business. Your best bet is to protect your interests as best you can, and since you are not restricted by the limitations of the Railway Labor Act, perhaps you'd better start signing some cards. The Heartland closure means defacto layoffs, because even though everyone is going to be offered a job elsewhere at Express, how many of those employees can afford to move on what FedEx pays, especially when selling your home doesn't make economic sense these days. Thanks, Fred!